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India and Australia will lock horns in the third Test of the ongoing Border-Gavaskar Trophy at the Sydney Cricket Ground (SCG) in Sydney on Thursday (December 07).
The Ajinkya Rahane-led side will be looking to take a lead in the four-match rubber after thrashing Australia by 8 wickets in the second Test in Melbourne.
Rahane led from the front as he inspired India to make a brilliant comeback after facing a crushing defeat in the series-opener in Adelaide.
The stand-in skipper slammed a brilliant century and helped India set up a comfortable win to level the series 1-1. The third Test in Sydney will be a crucial one for both sides.
Though India does not possess a great record in Tests in Sydney, the visitors will be heading into the clash on a confident note having dominated the proceedings at the iconic venue in their last tour Down Under.
India had posted a stunning 622/7 on the board in the first innings of their last Test in Sydney and had the game in their pocket after Kuldeep Yadav’s fifer before rain played spoilsport and the game ended in a draw.
India will be hoping for a similar show at the SCG this time around. Ahead of the third Test between the two sides, here is a look at some important stats and head to head records between India and Australia at the SCG.
1) India’s last win at the SCG came in 1978 and the Rahane-led side will be looking to bring an end to the long drought this year. Thus, India will be searching for their first win at the venue since 1978.
2) India have played a total of 12 Test matches in Sydney and have just one win to their name. India have drawn six games at the venue and have lost five matches.
Played – 12, Won – 1, Lost – 5, Drawn – 6, Win Percentage – 8.33%, Loss Percentage – 41.66%
3) Sachin Tendulkar is India’s highest-scorer in Tests at the SCG. The Master Blaster has 785 runs to his name at the ground including three centuries and two fifties. Anil Kumble leads the list of highest wicket-takers for India at SCG with 20 wickets to his name at the venue.